Jwalamukhi Temple, Kangra
Jwalamukhi temple in Kangra has is one of the sacred pilgrimage destinations that always draw the attention of devotees from across the country. There is in interesting story about it. Ancient legend speaks of a time when demons dominated over the Himalayan Mountains and beleaguered the gods. The gods, after guidance from Lord Vishnu, strong-willed to wipe out them so that they could return their domination again. The gods focused their strengths in a huge flame which rose from the earth and from the fire; a young girl looks birth who was regarded as Adishakti the first 'Shakti'.
Known as Sati or Parvati, she grew up in the house of Prajapati Daksha and later became the consort of Lord Shiva. Once her father insulted Lord Shiva and unable to accept this, she killed herself. When Lord Shiva paid attention to of his wife's death his temper knew no bounds and holding Sati's body he started in on pestering the three worlds. The other gods shivered before His anger and appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu left his Chakra which struck Sati's body and severed it to pieces. At the places where the pieces fell, the fifty-one sacred Shaktipeeths came into being.
Sati's language fell at Jwalaji at an altitude of 610m above sea level and the goddess is manifest as tiny fire that burns perfect blue through fissures in the ancient rock. Even the Pandavas are regarded to have visited this sacred place.
There are nine different flames within the temple and each indicates something different. It is said that centuries ago, a Shephard saw the fire for the first time and Raja Bhumi Chandra; the monarch of the area had the unique temple built. The Mughal Emperor Akbar fitted a gold sunshade and Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the dome gilded. Across the courtyard is Devi's bed chamber and above the temple is the shrine of Baba Gorakhnath.
How to Reach Jwalamukhi Temple Kangra in Himachal Pradesh
Reaching the holy shrine and famous temple is easy and hassle-free as Gaggal is the nearest airport at the distance of 46 km from the temple. You can take taxi or bus from airport to reach Kangra to visit the temple.
By Rail : Pathankot is the nearest railway station at the distance of 123 km from Kanga.
By Road : Delhi is at the distance of around 475 km from Kangra. There are regular buses from Delhi. Shimla is at the distance of 252 km from Kangra.
Duration: 05 Nights / 06 Days
Destinations Covered: Chandigarh-Dharamshala - Chamunda Devi - Palampur - Baijnath - Bir billing - Kangra ji - Jwalaji - Chintpurni - Nainadevi - Chandigarh
Day 01: Chandigarh – Dhramshala (250 km / 6 hrs)
Upon arrival at Chandigarh Airport/Railway station meets and proceeds to Dhramshala. After a long journey reached Dhramshala & overnight stay in Dhramshala.
Day 02: Dhramshala sightseeing
After morning Breakfast visit Dal Lake and The St. Johns Church. For the nature lovers long walk to Naddi from Dhramshala is worth it. In Naddi the Dhauladhar ranges offer panoramic views that will capture your heart. The His Holiness the Dalai Lama Temple, Mini secretariats of The Tibetan Government in Exile, Bhagsu Nag Water Falls and Mcleodganj Tibetan handicrafts Shopping Malls, back to hotel. Overnight stay at Dhramshala.
Day 03: Dhramshala - Baijnath - Mahakaleshwar Sightseeing
After morning breakfast proceeds to visit Baijnath Shiv Temple at Baijnath, Mahakaleshwar temple, evening back to Dhramshala rest over night at hotel.
Day 04: Dhramshala to Palampur with Bir billing
Morning after Breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Palampur for beautiful with fine view of Dholadhar Ranges, Tea Garden, Paragliding in Bir billing. Overnight stay at Bir Resort.
Day 05: Bir billing - Chamunda Devi - Kangra
Morning after Breakfast move to Chamunda devi, have a datrshan of Chamunda mata & then proceed to Kangra, to see historical Kangra Fort and Brajeshwari devi. It is one of the most popular Hindu Temple in Northern India, Overnight stay at kangra
Day 06: Kangra - Jwalaji - Chintpurni - Nainadevi - Chandigarh
In morning After Breakfast move to Jwalamukhi Temple 30 km. from Kangra. This place is famous for Jwalamukhi, the 'Flamming Goddess'. It is one of the most popular Hindu Temple in Northern India, After that move to Chintpurni, have a darshan of Maa Chintpurni & then proceed to Naina Devi have a daeshan of Maa Naina Devi ji. After that proceed to Chandigarh in time transfer to Railway station/Airport for your onward Journey.